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The District Heritage Tours Fort Lauderdale

If you’re looking for a great way to explore the history and charm of Fort Lauderdale and do so in the most memorable way imaginable—via water—then The District Heritage Tours are the summer “ticket” for you!
This unique and value-driven package includes admission to your choice of two out of three heritage sites (admission to an optional third site is available for a nominal extra charge), as well as an all-day access pass for Water Taxi.

The tours will be available daily for Water Taxi, Historic Stranahan House Museum and History Museum Fort Lauderdale, and from Tuesdays through Sundays for Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, beginning as early as 9:30 a.m. Docent led tours at History Museum Fort Lauderdale and Historic Stranahan House Museum are available at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The cost is only $38 for adults and $26 for children 6–12; free for children 5 and under. The package is available only through Sept. 30, 2016.

Here is a suggested itinerary and what your day can look like …

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Tuesdays – Sundays

9:15 AM

Begin your Heritage Tour at the beautiful Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.

Begin your Heritage Tour at the beautiful Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

You may park your vehicle at the Bonnet House or arrive via Uber/taxi, Sun Trolley or by foot. At the admissions gate, show them your Heritage Tour confirmation. You can purchase it by visiting and following the “Buy Ticket” button. Enjoy the lush grounds, but be sure to start your tour promptly at 9:30 a.m. There is much to do and see today!

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10:30 AM

Stop at the Gift Shop

Stop at the Gift Shop

After the tour ends, you can stop for a while at the Bonnet House gift shop, where you will see a host of unique gift items.

11 AM

Head over to The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall

Head over to The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall

Just minutes west on Sunrise Boulevard. The Galleria is a great place to station your car if you drove or pick up the Water Taxi. Better yet, stop by Guest Services and pick up your especially reserved Savings Book, filled with more than $300 worth of special offers and discounts. You will have lots of time later upon your return to peruse the more than 100 specialty shops and high fashion retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Dillard’s and Macy’s, or grab a bite in one of the fine dining restaurants or lively food court. The mall is open Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sunday noon–6 p.m.

11:30 AM

Hop aboard the Water Taxi

Hop aboard the Water Taxi at GALLERYone

Stop #9 located next door to The Galleria mall at GALLERYone DoubleTree Suites to board the Water Taxi. The Water Taxi picks up regularly about every 30 minutes and runs daily from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely tour of the Intracoastal Waterway as you travel to the Historic Stranahan House Museum, located on picturesque Las Olas Boulevard. You will transfer at stop #4 to the New River Route.

1:00 PM

Charming Tour

Charming Tour

Historic Stranahan House Museum offers docent tours of this charming home daily beginning at 1 p.m. We suggest you take the earlier tour if you are planning to also visit History Museum Fort Lauderdale. However, if this is your only other heritage museum stop, then you may want to grab a bite of lunch along the Las Olas Boulevard route and choose the later 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. tours of this original pioneer home. After your tour, don’t forget to stop by the Stranahan House Gift Shop, where you can enjoy one-of-a-kind items sure to delight. Enjoy a 10 percent discount on selected merchandise available for Heritage Tour guests.

Historic Stranahan House Museum is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and was built in 1901 as the original trading post for the early pioneers and Seminole Indians. The iconic structure along the New River served as the pioneer settlement's town hall, post office, and first bank. Later it became a boarding house and restaurant. The Stranahan family is credited as being Fort Lauderdale's founding family and the museum offers a glimpse of the city's beginning, their legacy, and the historic structure. The House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2:30 PM

Take a short ride

Take a short ride

The Water Taxi stop #3 is conveniently located next to the Stranahan House. Hop aboard and take a short ride to stop #1 (Riverfront). Just 100 feet due west is the front door of the History Museum Fort Lauderdale, where you will be just in time for the 3 p.m. docent led tour. Don’t forget to browse the gift shop here for authentic Florida items and handmade goods. Tour guests receive a 15 percent discount on regularly priced merchandise.

History Museum Fort Lauderdale is the only pioneer village in South Florida with the largest collection of historic buildings in Broward County. It’s a great place for adults and children to learn about the history of Fort Lauderdale, and how the city evolved from pioneer times through today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historical Society offers a unique glimpse into the past with guided tours conducted in period costumes.

Should you choose to revisit any of these heritage sites or decide to enjoy two of the three, you may return at any time until Sept. 30, show your ticket for this tour and enjoy a special $10 per adult, $8 per child (6–12) admission price.

4PM - 10PM


A Historical Experience

Your historical experience may have ended for today, but your evening of exploration and Water Taxi adventure is just beginning. Enjoy the shopping and dining of Las Olas Boulevard or return to The Galleria mall. Perhaps you can even explore other routes offered through the Water Taxi. There is much to do, so explore, enjoy and experience!

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